I love teaching. I graduated several years ago with a B.S. in Math and Spanish education. In addition, I recently I got a Masters of Education from the University of Houston. I speak Spanish fluently and I can do math fluently. I think both of these subjects can be loads of fun if approached in the right way. I am energetic and patient with students and I always look for the positive in them. I was a tutor at the university from which I graduated. I tutored students from basic arithmetic all the way through calculus. To be certified as a teacher, I had to take a test and I scored in the top 10% of the nation.
In regards to my Spanish, I did not learn it only in a classroom. I spent two years speaking Spanish with people from Spanish speaking countries. I also learned proper grammar in the classroom, so I am fluent in it. A key to learning Spanish is to speak it as much as possible with the students. They may feel frustrated at first, but they quickly catch on.
In regards to Math, I always try to have the student find the answer instead of giving it to them. This is critical to their learning. I look forward to tutoring and know that any student can learn. I have spent the 2 years in the past teaching math grades 6-12 and the last 2 years teaching high school Geometry/SAT prep. I have taught all high school math subjects in this time period as well as all middle school levels. I have also spent time tutoring at a tutoring center.
The key to learning comes down to rigor, relevance, and relationships. Students need to know that their teacher or tutor cares about them learning. Next students need to understand that what they are learning is actually relevant to them. Too many times, especially in math, this step is skipped. Finally, students want to be challenged. They want to increase their understanding and be able to apply their reasoning. With these 3 steps in mind I feel that all students are capable of learning.
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